NASHVILLE TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
News of Nashville
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 (No.
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(Update) April 8th! Nashville Technology Council's annual
Technology! Nashville IT Leadership & Innovation
Conference will be Thursday, April 8, 2004, Hilton
Suites Nashville, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Scheduled speakers
include Tony Holcombe, president, WebMD; Athan
Gibbs, president, TruVote; Cliff Duffey,
president, Cybera; John Jones, vice president,
Asurion; George Argodale, vice president-IT,
Tractor Supply; Chris Pair, asst. vice
president-enterprise reporting, HCA; Jeff Duncan,
vice president-IT, Louisiana Pacific; Michael
Voss, health practice director, Syntel Inc.; Eric
Cromwell, TN ECD Director of Technology; Tom
DePauw, Global program director-IT, CAT
Financial; David Condra, president, NTC, and
others pending confirmation. Sponsors thus far include GCI Information
Systems Consulting and the Mayor's Office of Economic
and Community Development. Details, here.
TODAY: Nashville Capital
Network's program on
the challenges of raising outside capital starts at
5:30 p.m. (til 7 p.m.), Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM,
Vanderbilt. Moderator is Marc Fortune of Century II.
Panelists include Katie Gambill, Council Ventures;
Stuart McWhorter, Clayton Associates; Eddie Pearson,
Digiscript; Joe Maxwell, Investment Scorecard; Stuart
Campbell, Stites & Harbison; Page Davidson, Bass
Berry & Sims; Jon Billington, Ernst & Young.
No registration required.
Canadian firm 'Taps Into'
into U.S. market via Nashville's Newby
Meticulous planning or serendipity?
Either way, by reaching out from Canada to Nashville
to develop more U.S. and European partnerships, Streamlogics
Inc. (Toronto) has found in
TappedInto.com Co-Founder Judith Newby
a tech marketer who speaks their language and who won't
need directions on Music Row. Streamlogics' provides
live and on-demand webcasting, streaming media hosting,
and related technology services.
In conversation, Newby's emphasis on the
"non-downloadable" nature of Streamlogics live webcast
events comes naturally. After all, in 1996, Windsor,
Canada-born Newby founded Untapped Music in Nashville,
intent on providing Indie artists new distribution
channels, live-performance Netcasts, and retailing
support. (For nearly 15 years prior to that, she
provided management services for dozens of performing
artists, including Tom T. Hall and Lorrie Morgan.)
"I was going to to marry music and the
Internet," Newby explains, "but, we were about five
years too early." By 1997, Newby secured funding and
relaunched as TappedInto.com. In 1999, she hired David
Perdue as president/CEO, and she became COO/VP. Perdue has
left for Atlanta, where he tells NTC he's pursuing a
leveraged-buyout prospect. Streamlogics's current
clients include Tennessee House of Representatives (live
streaming), Onex Corp.,
Channel, Adventure Science
Center (Sci-Cam) and the Elephant
Sanctuary; and, Newby says recent clients
include World Trade Organization, MailBoxes Etc. and
Newby explains Sales and Marketing
Director Preston Sullivan and Webmaster Robert Wilson,
mainstays in TappedInto.com, continue in those roles
with StreamLogics. Streamlogics, itself, is owned by
management and (38%) by SaskTel
surpassing first fundraising milestone, thanks to
new contributions from Frist,
Ingram, Turner, Miller & Martin, Chrysalis
Ventures. "Raising outside
capital" seminar is this afternoon. NCN release, Feb.
Tennessean, 3E, Feb. 17, here. Nash.
Bus. Journal, Feb. 17, here.
Earlier today, Tractor
Supply executives opened NASDAQ
market for day's trading, during ceremony from Times
Sq., marking 10th anniversary of firm's listing,
Tennessean, scroll here.
In Nashville, Beacon
Technologies CEO Bill Hapner says
the firm has opened an office in Bowling Green,
which is home to 86 corporate HQs and Beacon client
Western Kentucky Univ. The office will be staffed by
Acct Manager Shawn O'Keefe. In Nashville, Beacon added
Randall Dennis as Sr. Process Improvement Coordinator;
plus, account managers Susan Bryant (Life
Safety/Security) and Paul Leach (Audio/Visual). Hapner
notes that COO Tony Wakefield, a Beacon owner, is Black
Belt in Six Sigma.
WV Fiber telecom venture to relocate from
Atlanta to Nashville, NashvillePost.com, Feb. 11,
NationLink Wireless launches GPS division under
Comcast/Charter vet Wayne Vowell, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 3, Feb. 13.
enters arena to fight student plagiarism and best
competitors, says Owen GSM student Max Lytvyn, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 4, Feb. 13.
Cendant Marketing Grp may help
Marketing Innovations, City Paper, Feb. 13, here.
Dialysis Systems Inc. exemplifies
Nashville's patent innovators, City Paper, Feb. 16,
Fleet One in deal with Petroleum Card
Services, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 18, here. Release, here.
Rejoicing in FCC's VOIP action,
Free World Dialup (Pulver.com)
partnership, ISDN Q&A, here. Earlier, ISDN Jan. 27 release here.
Former iPayment execs' ProfitPoint
chooses Franklin headquarters, Feb. 16, Nash. Bus.
Journal, here. Earlier GreenSheet
item, scroll down here, says "ProfitPoint provides
electronic processing for all non-cash forms of payment
to merchants, financial institutions."
Neff's idea for the all-digital
Documentary Channel has been gestating for years,
but he told NTC Monday that he's raising "final
financing" for the project, and hopes to launch in fall
2004. Neff's doc site refers to both cable and streaming
services. He indicates he feels the market is responding
well to "creation of new digital
Asurion CEO Bret Comolli says
"out-execute everyone else" to win in business,
(profile), Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 13, Feb. 13, here.
Technologies' KiddeVoice will be ready, if legislation
passes General Assembly to require alert systems to
tell drivers when kids are still aboard, BW release Feb. 13. On Feb. 11, ATWEC indicated it
will step-up financial reporting, to improve chances for
being listed on OTC Bulletin Board. Related story about
stock exchange with parent Agri-Foods International Inc.
(Saputo) (11/03), Memphis Bus. Journal, here.
Ascendant Media/Film House chief Curt
Hahn sees technology democratizing filmmaking,
thinks Nashville should push entertainment leadership
more aggressively, Tennessean, 1E, Feb. 15, here.
The Tennessean's parent, Gannett Co.,
announced acquisitions of Murfreesboro's Daily News
Journal and Franklin's Review Appeal from Morris
Multimedia, Feb. 16, here.
PARTNERSHIPS, DEALS, APPOINTMENTS,
Financial has named
Larry Woods Chief Information Officer; and, Tom DePauw,
who previously served as CIO, is now Global Program
Director, responsible for design and deployment of
CAT's Core System which will include the Oracle
e-Business suite, Oracle Lease Management system, and
more. As previously reported (scroll here), Paulette Jackson has become executive
vice president over IT, HR and major
Systems Inc.'s CEO
Dallas Wilt announced promotions of Julie Townsend
to Chief Operational Officer and Britt Lowry to Chief
Technology Officer, and added Chrystal Chambers as
systems consultant. Release here, Feb.
BMG/Bertelsman, parent of RCA Label
Group-Nashville, inks ring-tone
deal with Zingy
Inc. wireless enterprise, PRN rel., Feb. 17, here.
Pharmaceuticals appoints chief financial and science
officers, NashvillePost.com, Feb. 11. Biometics
release, Feb. 12, here.
Craig Featherstone joins Brentwood's
Publishers to focus on product
development and strategic partnerships with new
media, tv/radio, B2C marketing, 5E, Tennessean, Feb.
(further) John Schaffer to GM of
Nashville District Energy Sys., Tennessean, Feb. 18,
Jessica Hetzler of SRC Network and
Software Solutions (affil. Henderson Hutcherson
McCullough PLLC) earned Peachtree cert. (accounting),
Times Free Press, Feb. 15, (sub/search), here.
Brentwood's Career Imaging helping job
seekers with e-vita, Tennessean, Feb. 12, here.
Rick Murray of Kraft Technology
Group has been named president of the board of
Community Resource Center, Feb. 17, City Paper, scroll
Healthcare Management Systems Inc.
announced today it signed Springbrook Hospital,
Brooksville, Fla., for HMS integrated hospital IT
system. Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 18, here. HMS also reports gaining IBM Premier
Business Partner designation, BW Rel., Feb. 16, here. HMS
cited in Health Data Management article, Feb. 04, here.
Inphact), Inc., says radiology, cardiology practices and
departments have RadWeb 4.0. Feb. 16, release here. NashvillePost.com, here. Earlier
story, Tennessean, July 11, here.
Nashville's Gordian Health Solutions
and Miavita strike partnership for Gordian's online
health assessment, Feb. 18, PRN release, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 18, here.
VU Engineering Alum James Golden,
informatics expert, named VP-research for Life Sciences
Insight (IDC), BW release, Feb. 18, here. IDC forms Life Sciences Insight, rel.
Feb. 3, here.
MedSolutions announces David Hill as senior vice
president for network development and management for
radiology management services, PRN Rel., Jan. 28.
Vanderbilt University Informatics
Center - Overview, strategic vision, here.
Fowler's tech incentive bill
enters the TN Legislative process (SB
3268), awaits clear track for
discussion, Times Free Press, Feb. 15, (sub) here. Bill aims to provide certain community
and economic development tax incentives. Companies that
perform research and development in the fields of
advanced computing, advanced material, biotechnology,
electronic device technology, or environmental
technology within the state, and companies involved with
pilot scale manufacturing or commercialization in
Tennessee of products developed as a result of such
R&D may be eligible for tax credits. Background in
news summary of Jan. 28, 2004, scroll down here.
gets RIAA warnings on downloading, Tennessean, 1E, Feb. 18, here.
Metro Airport contracts for ETC
simulators for disaster mgmt.,
driver training, PRN Rel. Feb. 16,
here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 16, here.
NashvillePost.com, here. City
Paper, Feb. 17, here.
Metro Nashville Police Chief Ronal
Serpas will use COMPSTAT GIS crime-mapping system to
hold police accountable, spot crime trends, Tennessean,
(Kerr column), p. 1B, Feb. 18, here. Related background, here.
Accountability is a Serpas theme, Tennessean, Feb. 14,
The TN OIR PowerBuilder
Development/Services RFP (317.03-111)
ended with three apparent best-evaluated proposers,
all of which may be considered for contract award: KBM
Inc., SCB Computer Technology and Computer Aid Inc.
Notice, Feb. 2, here.
Coalition criticizes Tennessee
legislators for handling of SB
3101, which aims to thwart theft
of cable services, NashvillePost.com, Feb. 17, here.
Offshoring getting increasing
attention; inequities between adjustment benefits
available to knowledge vs manufacturing workers
cited, New York Times, Feb. 15, here.
ECD Commissioner Kisber
testifies Feb. 11-12 on ECD
budget, Knox. News Sentl, Feb. 13.
Creative financing of Government IT:
Government buys technology with savings achieved by
contractor, Washington Post, Feb. 16, here.
EAST / WEST TENN. &
RESEARCH FUNDING - Tomorrow in
Knoxville, Tennesseans in science, technology,
government and related pursuits join Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), to identify points opportunities to
pursue infrastructure and other grants that are intended
to strengthen states' capacities for attracting more
federal research funding. Additional forums are Feb. 27,
Tri-Cities; March 3, Chattanooga; March 22, Nashville.
For more forum information, here.
Duley Hopkins &
Associates gets $1.3
million BWXT Y-12 federal computer services
subcontract at Oak Ridge, Times Free Press, C1, Feb.
17, (sub and search) here.
Affiliated Computer Services acquires
Truckload Management Services, which has Nashville
presence, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 13, here.
Michael Westerman has become Senior
Vice President and CIO for U.S. Xpress Enterprises,
Inc., after stints with SunTrust, Citigroup, Wells
Fargo, American Express, Times Free Press, Feb. 14, (sub
and search) here.
Controversy regarding BWXT Y-12
security exercise and receipt of Libyan nuclear materials continues, Knox. News
Sentinel, Feb. 15, here. CBS "60 Minutes" report, Feb. 12, here.
First Tennessee, Viewpointe announced First Tennessee will use Viewpointe's
complete-check image-sharing and image-exchange solution.
In Memphis, Lokion Interactive adds
Graber as VP-Marketing, release Feb. 17, here. Lokion chosen to manage FedEx website "content and
style," Lokion release, Jan. 5, here.
Today in Knoxville, Netscreen, Sword
& Shield and Rodefer Moss Technologies
collaborate for a security demo at Holiday
Inn-Select. Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 17, scroll here.
IPIX Internet Pictures Corp. installs
360-degree security cameras at key tunnel, dam, Oak
Ridge NL, News Sentinel, Feb. 16, here. Software replaces pay-per-image, News
Sentinel, Feb. 13, here.
Interntl. Wireless announces Ripley,
TN, collection divsn for health industry, BW Feb.
(further) Chattanooga Technology
Council announces Matthews, Gentle to leadership,
Times Free Press, C2, Feb. 12, (sub and search) here.
Memphis banks on biosciences,
Commercial Appeal, editorial, Feb. 13, here.
The National Science Foundation has
awarded grant of $600,000 to the Vanderbilt University
School of Engineering for support of "A Biologically
Inspired Adaptive Working Memory System for Efficient
Robot Control and Learning." This project is under the direction of Prof. Mitch
Wilkes in VUSE Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science Department.
Leveraging diversity, team of MBA
students at Tennessee State Univ. compete strongly in
microcomputer-industry simulation developed by UT
professor, Tennessean, Feb. 14, here.
Legislators Atchley, Brooks want
high-school students on technical track to be eligible
for HOPE Scholarship without ACT/SAT testing,
educator says change would provide more technicians for
industry jobs, Tennessean, 9B, Feb. 15, here.
Metro Schools announces online search
of schools' libraries, visit here.
Lance Lott says district embracing student-management
system, teachers embracing technology, and classroom
workstations should be inplace by in June for high and
middle schools, by fall for all elementary schools.
Green Hills News (GCA), p. 3, Feb. 12, not on web.
Metro Schools plans to provide PTO/PTA
and school-cluster representatives Metro E-mail
accounts to stay in touch with constituents,
Tennessean, p. 3 Davidson A.M., Feb. 16, not on web.
Related: 2002 Hoover-Dempsey/Walker report on
family-school communications, here. Earlier Metro Schools IT update, scroll
High School wins SACS accreditation, AP / Times Free
Press, Feb. 16.
NTC's Software Developers Roundtable
leadership meets, Friday, Feb. 20. For info, here.
Resources for funding of research,
commercialization of technologies, U. of Memphis,
Tennessee impact of Cingular purchase
of AT&T Wireless not clear, Tennessean, Feb. 18,
Data-Center Markup Language
Organization increases membership to 54, DCMLO rel. Feb. 12.
Surge in employment: Cybersecurity;
fastest-growing, NYTimes, here.
Microsoft and IBM shift funding from
advertising, toward CRM2, NY Times, Feb. 17, here.
EDS picks partners to compete with IBM
strategy, Feb. 17, Information Week, here.
Google added 1 Billion pages to Web
index yesterday, San Jose Merc. News, Feb. 17, here. CNN, Feb. 18, CNN
Open Source & Beowulf rise in
esteem of senior corporate execs, Washington Post,
Monitoring Metro and State Requests for
Proposals and Bids
State of Tennessee:
Tennessee Lottery, here.
Lottery procurement policies, here.
Capital Projects Management,here.
University of Tennessee purchasing, here. UT
contracts list, here.
TN Board of Regents IT Contracts, here.
Metro Nashville/Davidson County, here.
City of Knoxville, here. Knox
City of Memphis, here. Shelby
City of Chattanooga, here.
And, visit technology councils' events
(TODAY, 5:30 p.m.) NCN seminar on
"raising outside capital," see item in Upfront, above.
(Feb. 19) Business After Hours,
business networking event, Nashville Area Chamber of
Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rocketown. For details, here.
* (Feb. 19) ASTD/Nashville presentation
on achieving return on investment in training, Dr.
Deborah Tobey at AIG/American General, 4 p.m., details
(Feb. 20) ISSA-MidTN chapter program on
applications and database vulnerabilities, Willis
Conference Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., for details and
* (Feb. 23) Chattanooga Technology
Council, Rep. Zach Wamp, Chattanooga Convention
Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST, details and
(Feb. 24) Women in Technology in
Tennessee, WiTT, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., "Making the
decision to outsource," David Wesch, senior vice
president-technology, American Color Graphics, details
(Feb. 25) Tech Council Monthly
Meeting 11:30-1:00 @ Technology 2020, Jeff Wadsworth,
Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, details here.
* (March 4) "Creating our own economic
advantage," with Futurist Ed Barlow, a collaborative
event by Bristol and Kingsport Chambers with local
city/county govs. Monarch Audit., Bristol Regl Med.
Cntr. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $30. Information, Kingsport Chamber,
(423) 392-8800 or Bristol Chamber, (423) 989-4850.
(March 4) NTC Tech Roundtable, Paul
Cleckner, U.S. Director of Client Service Technology,
Deloitte, covering Deloitte implementation
of Microsoft .Net, CMS and Share point, which Deloitte
has leveraged in building its U.S. firm portal (now
receiving 1 million visits per month); plus,
knowledge-management platforms and applications that
support service delivery. Register here.
(March 4) Publishing your own music,
workshop at FedEx Institute of Technology, related
story, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 7, here.
(March 5) ATIBA Software LLC is the
subject of the Nashville Area Chamber's "Behind the
Business" program, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m., preceded by
(March 11) AITP Nashville, Speech
technologies, Tom Norman, CGI Consulting, Wyndham
Nashville Arprt Hotel, details here.
* (March 13) David M.
of IDEO Product Development, speaks at FedEx
Institute of Technology, details
* (March 18) Prof. Wayne
Wolf discussed "Smart
Cameras in High-Performance embedded systems," 3
p.m. Featheringill Auditorium. Other EECS lectures,
(March 23) Tennessee Biotechnology Assn
Annual Legislative Luncheon,
(April 8) Technology! Nashville,
Nashville Technology Council's annual IT leadership and
innovation conference, Hilton Suites, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
For info, visit here or write here.
(April 8) AITP Nashville, Titans
Football IT operations tour, details here.
(April 13-14) Clinical IT Bootcamp for
non-IT Executives & Board Members; Vanderbilt
Center for Better Health, 3401 West End Avenue, Suite
290. Details, registration online here; for
more info, write here or call
(April 26-29) Small Business Innovative
Research (SBIR) and Small Business Tech Expo held in
Atlanta, agenda here, other
(May 7) PayMaxx is subject of Nashville
Chamber's "Behind the Business" program, 8:30 a.m. -
10 a.m., preceded by networking, details
(May 13) AITP Nash., Starting Your
IT Business, Bob Chaput -American Tech'y Grp, details
(May 18) "NTC Tech After Hours,"
Marriott Franklin Cool Springs, 4:30 p.m., details here.
(May 19-21) Management skills for IT
professionals, with Jay Ress, Tenn. Economic
Development Center (BellSouth Tower). Details here.
(May 20) 41st Annual State of Metro
Address by Mayor Bill Purcell, Convention Center, 7
a.m. registration and networking, 7:30 - 9 breakfast and
program, info and registration
(May 25) GovTech Tennessee Government
Technology Summit, details, here.
(May 31-June 2) Knoxville/Oak Ridge
Summit, Tennessee Valley Corridor, here.
(Sept. 28-30) 2004 Governor's
Conference, Nashville Convention
(Oct. 5-7) Memphis Musculoskeletal New
Ventures Conference, Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.
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